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Publisher's Summary

When she finds herself between jobs and out of her rented accommodation, Clara Harrington decides to take a break and stay with her beloved, yet eccentric aunt in the sleepy village of Picklemarsh, England.

Vanessa Harrington is an award-winning crime novelist with an impressive back catalogue. When it comes to crime, and murder, there’s not a lot that Vanessa doesn’t know.

Clara’s hope for peace and quiet is shattered when, on her first night at Chadwick Lodge, the local town councillor is murdered, falling face down into his dessert.

Finding herself in the middle of one of her books, Vanessa happily takes on the task of uncovering the murderer and drags Clara along with her.

Join the Harringtons as they investigate the murder, question suspects, and uncover that not all is as it seems in picturesque Picklemarsh.

This cozy mystery is brought to you by Lambda-winning author A.E. Radley.

©2020 A.E. Radley (P)2020 A.E. Radley

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Cozy

I love a good cozy mystery, but I love queer ones even more! I loved this book because I'm only a few years older than Clara and woof, we have the same type. I've never identified more with a portrait
protagonist in a romance story, and the mystery was very fun. The twist isn't all that shocking, I figured it out before the end of the book, but I don't think that's a negative. Cozy mystery is supposed to be low stakes and not anxiety inducing.

If you're a lesbian, this book makes you feel the warm fuzzies straight women get from cozy mysteries, I think. It's made for us, from the meddling match making Aunt V (who may or may not be asexual) to the embarrassing meet-cute of Felicity, and the verbal lashing of a homophobe (who DOES NOT get forgiveness and it's cathartic as hell, if I'm frank).

I want more Clara and Aunt V, seriously, Aunt V is the best 70 year old spry, meddling, loud, fun, tea guzzling woman I wish raised me.

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A good mistory

Well written, well narrated, no WLW at all only a small hint... But I enjoyed it.

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Cute But Not Terribly Original

I couldn't finish this. It just never grabbed my attention. It's a cozy mystery but a little too cozy, i.e., it feels like I've met these characters before and under more interesting circumstances. Nonetheless, the narrator is very good.

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A Party of Death

A break in the country is what Clara Harrington while visiting her eccentric aunt. When a murder happens on her first night in the village her crime writing aunt drags her along to investigate. A village mystery with a little bit of romance. Fun and quirky characters. Great performance. Recommend.

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Very Cute

Once again Claire Storey does the perfect narration. Very cute murder mystery, easy read for something light.

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This is an entertaining mystery with an interesting plot and engaging characters. I hope there's another book with these characters.

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  • 07-25-20

Really enjoyable!

Very clever plot line and quirky interesting characters and really beautifully narrated by Claire Storey.

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  • Hannah Shafran
  • 07-15-20

Great fun!

Loved this book! If you enjoy Agatha Raisin and Rebecca Tope then this will definitely be your sort of book. Great fun story with familiar characters brought to life beautifully by the reader, who manages to make everyone distinct and identifiable, and who has a lovely voice to listen to. I will be looking for more of these stories.

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  • Alison
  • 07-10-20

Lovely to listen to.

very pleasant to listen to. Loved the voice of the narrator she was very calming and relaxing.

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  • Bookworm
  • 06-15-20

A Real Feel Good Investigation

If you are looking for a modern day Miss Marple this is the book for you.

Clara has gone to stay with her Aunt V who is a famous author who specialises in murder.

If she thinks it is going to be a quiet holiday she is suddenly pulled into a mirder investigation. A E Radley gets you guessing to the end and with her light humour throughout this book it gives you some escapism. Hopefully there will be a sequel.